How To Safely Stop Taking Psychiatric & Anti-Epileptic Medications

Lots of people hit this site wanting to know how to stop taking their crazy meds. That’s understandable. There are many good reasons to stop taking the meds. There are also many bad reasons to stop taking them. I’ll try to help you sort out the good from the bad reasons. But if you do have good reasons, you have to stop taking the meds safely. Continue reading “How To Safely Stop Taking Psychiatric & Anti-Epileptic Medications” »

Valium (diazepam)

Valium (diazepam). Mother’s little helper. The most famous of all benzos, celebrated in songs and novels. Probably the only thing that kept me from going more insane during my long manic period of the 1990s, unless his smoking all that pot really helped after all. Continue reading “Valium (diazepam)” »

Dexedrine

US Brand Name: Dexedrine; Amphaetex; Das; Dexampex; Dexedrina;  Dextrostat; Ferndex; Oxydess
Other Brand Names: Dexamphetamine (Australia; New Zealand)
Dexamphetamini Sulfas (Switzerland)
Generic Name: dextroamphetamine sulfate Continue reading “Dexedrine” »

Loxitane

US Brand Name: Loxitane
Other Brand Names: Desconex (Spain)
Loxapac (Belgium; Canada; Denmark;  France; Greece; India; Ireland; Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Taiwan; United Kingdom)
Generic Name: loxapine succinate Continue reading “Loxitane” »

Mellaril

US Brand Name: Mellaril
Other Brand Names: Aldazine (Australia; Malaysia; New Zealand)
Calmaril (Thailand)
Mallorol (Sweden)
Meleril (Argentina; Colombia; Peru; Spain) Continue reading “Mellaril” »

Haldol

US Brand Name: Haldol; Pacedol; Pericate; Seranase
Other Brand Names: Alased (Greece)
Aloperidin (Greece)
Apo-Haloperidol (Canada; Malaysia)
Avant (Taiwan)
Binison (Taiwan) Continue reading “Haldol” »

Focalin

US Brand Name: Focalin
Generic Name: dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride
FDA Approved Use(s): Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Dosage: 2.5-20 mg a day, divided into two doses.
Days to Reach a Steady State: Continue reading “Focalin” »

Desoxyn (methamphetamine)

Desoxyn (methamphetamine). Crystal meth isn’t just for bikers living in trailers out in the Central Valley. There’s a movement to rehabilitate as an ADD medication. For Mouse it was the only med that really worked. Unfortunately her dose was a little too high and she started having all the problems you get from not sleeping – paranoia, hallucinations, mildly psychotic behavior, that sort of thing. Continue reading “Desoxyn (methamphetamine)” »

Adderall

US Brand Name: Adderall
A link here will take you to the official website for the drug.
Generic Name: amphetamine salts: dextroamphetamine saccharate, dextroamphetamine sulfate USP, amphetamine aspartate and amphetamine sulfate USP. Continue reading “Adderall” »

Provigil

US Brand Name: Provigil
Generic Name: modafinil
Provigil (modafinil). Provigil is one weird drug. Its primary function is to promote wakefulness in people with narcolepsy, but it is being prescribed off-label for just about everything. It is approaching Neurontin (gabapentin) in the snake oil sweepstakes. Continue reading “Provigil” »

Clozaril (clozapine)

The oldest of the atypicals, it is rarely prescribed because of the need for weekly blood tests for agranulocytosis (not enough white blood cells) and the significant chance of seizures and changes to heart rhythms. Plus you tend to drool like you’re on a standard antipsychotic. The up side is there hardly any chance of getting TD or any extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) from this med, and may even be a potential treatment for TD. Continue reading “Clozaril (clozapine)” »

Extress

With today’s lifestyles, slowing down isn’t an option, and you can’t afford to be sick. During times of stress, your body works harder than normal, burning up extra nutrients and weakening your Immune System.
You need the specific doctor-formulated nutrition in Extress to maintain your health (and sanity!) in today’s fast-paced world. Continue reading “Extress” »

Dosage Equivalents

Sometimes you just need to switch meds. That’s life on the med-go-round. The question frequently comes up, what are the dosage equivalents of various drugs? Are you sure about that prescription your doctor gave you? Is your pharmacist at the HMO completely unresponsive? Here are some starting dosage equivalents for your peace of mind. Continue reading “Dosage Equivalents” »

How To Read PI Sheets

You should take a moment to learn how to read PI sheets, as it is so not obvious as to how and when you’re supposed to read them.
Full Patient/Prescribing/Physician/Product Information Sheets OK, now your education really begins. You may or may not want or need to read the PI sheet before, during or after taking a medication. Continue reading “How To Read PI Sheets” »

Ultram (tramadol)

Ultram (tramadol). Mouse is currently taking Ultram to deal with the pain of fibromyalgia. It is also the only antidepressant that works for her that she has recently tried. Unfortunately one shouldn’t take Ultram for longer than a year, because sometimes neuropathy may develop, and Mouse has been taking it for two years and she has developed neuropathy. Continue reading “Ultram (tramadol)” »

Klonopin (clonazepam)

Klonopin (clonazepam). The benzo with the strongest anti-seizure action, except maybe for Tranxene, and thus the most mood stabilization action, Klonopin is the benzo most likely to be prescribed for whatever reason if you’re bipolar. It’s also the commonly prescribed benzo that will make you the most depressed, and/or most likely to be depressed, with long-term use if you’re bipolar. Continue reading “Klonopin (clonazepam)” »

Xanax (alprazolam)

Xanax (alprazolam). Xanax is the most potent and known as being the most addictive of all the benzos, so use with caution if there’s any chance you need to take this med daily or have the slightest hint of substance abuse. With all other benzos you can withdrawal using another benzo. Continue reading “Xanax (alprazolam)” »